Thanksgiving is a magical holiday, isn’t it? It’s a time for reflection on the past year and the many bounties it brought our way — and here at Idolator, we can’t help but feel that 2012 gave us an extraordinary cornucopia of pop culture moments for which we want to give thanks. From the instant classic that is Nicole Westbrook
‘s smash single “It’s Thanksgiving”
(see above) to the hyper-memeability of Lana Del Rey
, our staffers each contributed a few items that made us feel grateful.
Head below to see the full list. More »
Last night’s 2012 American Music Awards
telecast felt more like an all-star concert than a typical awards show, jammed with performances as it was — but there’s no denying that some artists fared better than others. From the great moments (Christina Aguilera
‘s astoundingly insane medley and Justin Bieber
trolling “the haters”) to the lackluster ones (a sleepy Nicki Minaj
and another exhausting take on novelty hit “Gangnam Style”), the AMAs were a definite mixed bag, with spectacular highs and dreary lows.
Head below to see the best and worst moments from last night’s performances-heavy, awards-light ceremony. More »
Fasten your seatbelts, pop fans: Pop’s fierce ruling princess (and quite possibly the hardest working woman in showbiz) Rihanna
is set to begin an unprecedented promo blitz for her new album, the intriguingly-titled Unapologetic
. The centerpiece of this international media blowout will be the week-long, seven-country 777 Tour
, commemorating seven years of the “SOS” starlet’s international pop dominance
. That’s an exhausting travel schedule even for notorious workhorse Rihanna, but we’re all for sticking to a numerical theme! We just hope she takes seven days off when it’s over. (Not likely.)
With Unapologetic‘s first video on its way (and, judging from leaked photos, the clip for the current Top 10 hit “Diamonds” promises to be a fiery, post-apocalyptic epic), we’re taking a look back at the Barbadian beauty’s most iconic visuals. Staying on-theme, we’ve chosen seven of them — one from each year that the singer has wowed us. This was no easy task, considering the “S&M” diva seems to release a new single or collaboration every two weeks.
But We think the list below succinctly captures Rihanna’s transformation from dewy pop ingénue to A-list glamazon, with a few interesting stops along the way. But of course, we’d love to know which videos you think have defined Rihanna most in her brief-but-brilliant career so far. Post your suggestions in the comments! More »
won a second term as President of the United States Of America on Tuesday night (November 6), causing many artists to turn to — where else? — Twitter and Facebook to type out their elation. Over the past couple days
, we rounded up messages
from pop stars, ranging from Pink
and Alicia Keys
to Lady Gaga
and Nicki Minaj
, who urged their fans to get out and vote.
And speaking of Gaga, she posted the following message on Facebook after the election: “I JUST GOT OFF STAGE IN COLUMBIA!! CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT Barack Obama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!! we just couldn’t be happier my goodness, the joy when freedom prevails.”
Head below for more reactions from musicians. More »
is finally here, pop fans, and if you’re 18 and over, it’s time to get out there and hit the polls. If you won’t listen to us
on that matter, perhaps you’ll adhere the advice of your favorite artists like Lady Gaga
, Alicia Keys
, Nicki Minaj
, Katy Perry
, who have been tweeting up a red, white and blue storm. Even artists who aren’t from this country are getting into the conversation.
So as we sit and wait to find out whether President Barack Obama is heading into a second term or Governor Mitt Romney will be the 45th Commander In Chief of the United States In America, why not head below and check out our Election Day roundup of musicians’ tweets? More »
With less than 24 hours till Election Day
, the interwebs have been overloaded with tweets and messages from celebrities about heading to the polls on Tuesday (November 6). From Jason Mraz
and Katy Perry
, who have been performing at rallies in support of Barack Obama
, to Diddy
‘s little sis, Solange Knowles
, our favorite artists have been encouraging us to flex our voting chops and make our decision tomorrow. And while many are pushing us to vote, Lady Gaga
reminded voters in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington to say yes to marriage equality. (Watch her video message above.)
Check after the jump to see some tweets we rounded up over the weekend. More »
The best thing about a new, super-high-profile album is the wave of highbrow analysis that inevitably accompanies it, as the brightest writers in the business stroke their chins for awhile and wonder what that new Britney
LP really Means, with a capital M. In the case of Taylor Swift
‘s latest album, Red
, there were so many think pieces that GQ
‘s Drew Magary ranted in his weekly Insufferability Report
, “Oh my fucking Christ, it’s just a generic pop album. There is nothing worse than a bunch of pop-culture websites gathering together to analyze a Taylor Swift record like it’s a lost archive of David Foster Wallace
But hey — confession — we kinda liked all the Taylor Swift think pieces! So much so that we rounded up the long, thoughtful quotes from our favorites to include here. Get intimidated after the jump. More »
Yesterday, the Twittersphere formally exploded as Idolator hosted our second ever Twitter debate, where we debated an important issue facing voters this election season: Is the media too hard on Christina Aguilera
? While our own Sam Lansky
took the side of the media, debaters far and wide joined the fray to discuss how Aguilera is perceived in the press.
Like any good debate, there was no clear consensus, although a lot of ground was covered — ranging from whether Aguilera brings negative attention upon herself to if her album Bionic is actually a misunderstood masterpiece — but presented below are our 10 favorite tweets from the debate: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Head after the jump to see them all, then check out the #xtinadebate tag on Twitter to see the full dialogue. More »
Sure, we always
expect album art with a certain scare factor when it comes to musicians like Marilyn Manson
, Rob Zombie
…you know, the other side of iTunes. But every now and then, a pop singer comes out with a cover that just gives us the creeps. The music and lyrics may be innocuous, but someone in the art department had a dark side and a field day with the covers.
With Halloween upon us, we salute our favorite pop singers’ brave journeys into the world of the weird. Flip through the gallery above — if you dare! (And don’t forget to enter our Halloween 2012 costume contest!)
On the momentous occasion of its five-year anniversary, how does one even begin
to honor a piece of pop history as great as Blackout?
Much has been written about the iconic LP, released in 2007 as Britney Spears
‘ fifth studio album, but its legacy is clear: Blackout
predicted the dance invasion of the last several years and the importation of dubstep (with a wobbler effect used prominently on the album track “Freakshow” well before Brit co-opted the explosive dubstep break in “Hold It Against Me”
) while refining the formula for coolly sexy, tortured pop. It’s probably Spears’ greatest artistic achievement, and one of the top pop albums of the decade. More »